High School Sports

Prep roundup: Lakewood Ranch boys soccer two wins away from state title

Editor’s note: The prep roundup is compiled from emails sent by coaches or scorekeepers to sports@bradenton.com.


Lakewood Ranch 2, Winter Park 0: Wilmer Yanez scored two goals as the visiting Mustangs defeated the Rams (14-3-1) on Wednesday night to win the Class 5A-Region 2 championship.

Travis Freeman and Matt Bowles assisted on the goals for Lakewood Ranch (20-1-2), which advances to host a state semifinal at 7 p.m. Saturday against Lake Mary (23-5-1).

Ryan Freeman made eight saves to record the shutout, the Mustangs’ 12th of the season.


Bradenton Christian 52, Naples First Baptist 40: The host Panthers outscored the Lions 18-7 in the fourth quarter Thursday to advance to the Class 3A-Region 3 final.

Three players reached double figures for BCS (5-21) -- Bailey Sikkema (16 points, nine rebounds), Emma Swaagman (16 points, eight rebounds) and Jordyn Byrd (13 points, 12 rebounds).

Up next, Bradenton Christian will travel to Fort Myers Canterbury for a 7 p.m. game Tuesday.

Fort Myers Canterbury 56, Saint Stephen’s 24: The Falcons’ postseason run ended against the full-court, trapping defense of the host Cougars, who are ranked No. 2 in Class 3A.

Top scorers for Saint Stephen’s (16-8) were freshman Jamie Springstead (10 points), senior Maria Herrig (six) and sophomore Allie Serterides (six).

Class 8A, 6A region quarterfinals: Braden River and Southeast both advanced to Tuesday’s region semifinals.

The Pirates routed North Port 78-23 in Class 8A-Region 3 and will next host Sarasota in a rematch of the district championship game.

The Seminoles extended the career of head coach John Harder for at least one more game, defeating Cape Coral Mariner 72-28 in 6A-3. The Seminoles will play the winner of the St. Petersburg Lakewood-Naples Lely game at 7 p.m. Tuesday.


Class 8A-District 11 tournament: Lakewood Ranch and Palmetto won their semifinals Wednesday to advance to Friday’s championship game.

The Mustangs (19-6) dispatched Venice 66-46 in their semifinal. The Tigers (12-7) avenged two regular season losses to Braden River with a 45-40 triumph.

Lakewood Ranch will host Palmetto at 7 p.m. Friday.


Saint Stephen’s 7, St. Petersburg Shorecrest 0: The host Falcons improved to 2-0 with a dominant performance Thursday. Results included:

No 1 Singles: Paradise Traub def. Wynn Bryant 8-1; No. 2: Laura Perazzolo def. Kirsten Price 8-0; No. 3: Maria Petrova def. Sofia Marsten 8-1; No. 4: Autumn Sunn def. Emily Forney 8-1; No. 5: Ella Dalzell def. Kiera Healy 8-2; No. 1 Doubles: Traub-Perazzolo def. Bryant-Healy 8-2; No. 2: Petrova-Sunn def. Marsten-Forney 8-1.


Saint Stephens 7, St. Petersburg Shorecrest 0: The host Falcons surrendered just seven games in Thursday’s victory to improve to 2-0. Results included:

No. 1 Singles: Kevin Jiang def. Mathew Danielson 8-1; No. 2: Gleb Ibragimov def. Stefan Bilanovic 8-1; No. 3: Max Bonte def. Tyler Del Zoppo 8-1; No. 4: Max Petrov def. George Rangelov 8-3; No. 5: Leonardo Dal Boni def. Tate Mayo 8-0; No. 1 Doubles: Jiang-Ibragimov def. Danielson-Bilanovic 8-1; No. 2: Bonte-Petrov def. Del Zoppo-Rangelov 8-0.

Up next, the Falcons will travel to Sarasota Riverview on Tuesday.

Alan Bellittera is the print liaison for the Bradenton Herald and also helps with breaking news and high school sports coverage. Alan graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2000 and is a lifelong Florida resident.